Experiencing the Grit and Glory of the Industrial Vibrator Industry

Katy Sabo
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There are many aspects to the working at The Cleveland Vibrator Company that teach you valuable industry lessons, especially when you are considered a “rookie” or “newbie” in the industry. I began my journey into the Industrial Vibrator world this past December and I am surprised myself as to how much knowledge I have gained thus far – particularly the impressive span of industries where vibration is highly valued in order to efficiently move materials through plant production. Being the Marketing Associate, it is part of my job description to photograph every piece of Fabricated Vibratory Equipment that leaves our facility. Coming into an industry that was completely foreign to me, this job detail quickly became incredibly beneficial in my learning process about Industrial Vibration and where I could find it in use.

My first experience with photographing Vibratory Equipment happened within my first week on the job, I was asked to video the testing of an EMS Electromechanical Vibratory Screener. It was the first time I got to see our Rotary Electric Vibrators in action, I sat awestruck at the idea that this cool looking machine was manufactured in house and the fact that these Electric Motors synced based off each other’s rotation was also intriguing. Application? Screening Aluminum Chips which would allow for this plant to make use of, or dispose of these chips based on size. Little did I know, this was just a small taste of what The Cleveland Vibrator Company is capable of.

One valuable lesson I have learned thus far, wearing your finer clothes in the plant is a sorry mistake (yes, made by rookies like myself). Like I said, you never know what kind of Industry Application you are going to experience in the FAB Department. One of my favorite goof moments I have had this far, happened when I was filming what I refer to as “The Big Mama” RSM Vibratory Hopper Screener. Application: Screening Hardwood Charcoal with a bulk density of 15 pounds per cubic foot at a feed rate of 1,000 pounds per hour. In testing, we took the material (actual charcoal supplied by the customer) and fed it through the screening to be sure that the equipment worked properly. Let’s just say, yes it worked great! So great in fact, that I had a face blackened with charcoal to show for it along with a pretty attractive safety glasses outline. Standing at the end of this Vibratory Screener, getting an up-close shot of the material crossing the screening was a good idea in theory but in reality? It wasn’t the greatest idea I have ever had.  You can see why by viewing the YouTube video of this equipment product testing here. One excellent thing about this experience was being able to see a Pneumatic Air-Cushioned Vibrator in action for the first time. These puppies pack a lot of punch! I found amazement in that fact that all it took was a single unit to successfully automate what the customer needed based on their specs they had provided to The Cleveland Vibrator Co..

Another thing I have learned from filming FAB Equipment, there are serious perks to being a part of a project where candy is involved. You heard me right, CANDY! We were contacted to create an EMS Electromechanical Vibratory Screener to screen licorice nibs that were dusted with starch. We were supplied with the adequate amount of testing materials and then some… Let’s just say there was enough licorice to feed an army! This vibratory screener was especially neat since it was a double deck screener with a unique feeder built in the interior walls as opposed to the normal protruding feeder tray I had experienced previously on other jobs in FAB. Another cool apparatus we released recently was a GWT Grid Top Vibratory Weigh Table that would be used to settle, pack, and weigh cereal and its frosted companion. Once again, pretty cool industry you wouldn’t really think of applying vibration within the production process.

Lastly, one of my favorite parts of my job here at The Cleveland Vibrator Co. is accompanying our sales guys on plant visits to see how our products are performing. That’s one thing I think sets our team a part from others, our continued customer service post-sale is exceptional. It’s also a great way to learn where vibration is important and used. Jack Steinbuch and I recently visited a plant that purchased a Vibratory Screener to screen fines from sulfuric pellets used for liquid filtration. The equipment was not working properly, the feed rate was incorrect and was hindering production efficiency in the plant. With some proper adjustments of force and frequency, Jack got the piece of equipment working like new leaving the customer pleased and us too, satisfied.

There is still a lot to learn, seems like everyday a new application of vibration is brought to the forefront at Cleveland Vibrator Co.. Do you think you have a unique Vibratory Application? We would love to hear from you, leave a comment or contact us on our website. Shake On!

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Katy Sabo

Katy Sabo

Marketing Communications Manager at The Cleveland Vibrator Company
Katy Sabo began her journey into the world of Industrial Vibration over three years ago here at Cleveland Vibrator after receiving her B.A. Degree from The University of Akron. She is the voice behind every status/post/share across all of Cleveland Vibrator's social media sites and has taken the reigns over all other aspects of CVC's Marketing strategies. When Katy isn't spreading Vibration Education you can usually find her at a Cleveland sporting event enjoying a craft brew, in the gym pumping iron or participating in a dance party anywhere there's music playing. Snuggling with her husband, daughter and chocolate lab pup while binge-watching Netflix is one of her favorite pastimes. Until next time Movers & Shakers, #ShakeOn!

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